“It was a bit of a scrappy game,” John told iFollow Brentford. “Like ourselves, Preston like to get in people’s faces and that made for a lot of second balls. We picked them off a couple of times and worked some good chances in the first half, but we were more in control during the second half. They scored out of nowhere, but we bounced back well and I really thought we’d go on and win it at the end. If there’s one thing this team doesn’t lack, it’s character. We plugged away and Judgey (Alan Judge) came very close with a free-kick, but it just wasn’t to be in the end. If we keep that character on our side it’ll take us a long way.”
The Irish international admitted that his first 90 minutes since December had taken its toll on his legs:
“I’m a bit tired. I hate missing games and the concussion was a bit of a scary one as it took a good while for me to get better. Thankfully I’m back playing now – the medical team have been great with me and waited for the right time to re-introduce me. Hopefully I’m back fit and healthy now.”
John was in reflective mood when questioned about Lasse Vibe’s departure to Chinese side Changchun Yatai:
“Lasse’s been a great servant to the football club and a great team-mate for me personally. It’s football: people move to different teams and we wish him all the best in China. I hope he does well out there and enjoys the experience.
“I thought that Neal (Maupay) had a very good game in that position today. He linked the play well and found some good positions. He shows in training during the week that he’s a very good player and you could see that today. He should take confidence from his performance; hopefully he can kick on now.”